mkcfm - create summaries of font metric files in CID font directories
There is usually only one CID font directory on the X font path. It is
usually called /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID. If you do not specify an
argument, mkcfm will try to go through the subdirectories of that
directory, and create one summary of font metric files for each CIDFont
(character descriptions) file and each CMap (Character Maps) file it
finds. The summaries of font metric files are put in the existing CFM
subdirectory. The CFM subdirectories are created when CID-keyed fonts
If you specify a CID font directory as an argument, mkcfm will try to
go through the subdirectories of that directory, and create one summary
of font metric files for each CIDFont file and each CMap file it finds.
mkcfm will calculate the summaries of the font metric files stored in
AFM subdirectories of the CID font directory.
Those summaries are needed by the rasterizer of CID-keyed fonts to
speed up the response to X font calls. If those files do not exist, CID
rasterizer will have to go through usually large font metric files, and
calculate the summaries itself each time the font is called. You will
notice a substantial wait on a call to a large CID-keyed font.
.afm files Each CID-keyed font file is supposed to have a font met-
ric file (.afm file). mkcfm creates summary files (.cfm
files) of those font metric files. mkcfm should be run
whenever a change is made to the files stored in the
subdirectories of the CID font directory. For example,
it should be run when new CID fonts are installed.
.cfm files Summaries of font metric (.afm) files created by mkcfm.
The rasterizer for CID-keyed fonts in the directory xc/lib/font/Type1.
CID Fonts Version 1.0 Release 1.0 MKCFM(1)
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